Historically, Germany has contributed immensely to human development and has already made a mark in the advancement of science and technology. As it houses Europe’s and the world’s most well-known academic and research institutions, young students and professionals from across the globe are exploring Germany as one of their most sought-after destinations.
Of late, international students from EU and Asian countries are considering Germany for its world-class education and research outputs, innovation in engineering industries, affordable higher education tuition fees, attractive stay back options and attractive employment opportunities. Specifically, from India, there has been a major influx of students. As per DAAD, students from India are the second largest group of international students pursuing higher education in German colleges and universities.
While exhaustive information/material is available on the popularity of Germany as an international study destination, this article summarises the day-to-day experiences that a few Indian students have undergone during their stay in Germany. We have divided their experiences into a few categories. Read on!
THIS BLOG INCLUDES:
1.Adjusting to Life in Germany – A Transformational Experience
2.Importance of Learning the German Language
3.Friendly & Supportive German Community
4.Organised Transportation in Germany
6.Practical Tips for Indian Students Studying in Germany
Food! A major flag bearer of Indian diversity! The plural character of Indian society, demonstrated in its cuisine and food traditionally has always been an integral part of the common Indian life. Understandably, food will always be one of the first few things in the mind of a prospective Indian student when he travels/migrates to a foreign land.
One Indian student who pursued a master’s in management degree in Frankfurt stated that studying and living in Germany was a transformational experience for him. Initially, he was overwhelmed by the challenges but determined to embrace them wholeheartedly. While he had never cooked in India and was very well taken care of by his parents, he decided to learn cooking after moving to Germany.
While he had heard people complaining about having a hard time in Germany concerning food, his experience was quite the opposite. He rather relished German cuisine and found it unexpectedly simple. He figured that cafes and restaurants there are offering a variety of foods; students can explore multiple cuisines. He shared that, for fitness enthusiasts, following a particular diet could be easily possible there. Another Indian student also found an Indian supermarket in Munich where Indian (desi) items are available.
Germany is one of those countries on earth which hold their vernacular in high esteem. Although for all practical purposes, foreign nationals can afford to communicate exclusively in English, it is imperative for an Indian student there to learn the German language even for academic communication.
An Indian student who pursued his MBA in Germany shares that while Indian students can survive in Germany by speaking English, the best option would be to learn German. Knowing German makes life easy, e.g. when you need to understand what a particular display board written in German means. He experienced that knowing German expanded his opportunities and provided him with a competitive edge.
Germans are known globally to be well-cultured, educated and accommodative. Indian students and the global community find the German people organised and supportive. They are also found to be adhering to all rules and regulations. German people are friendly, pleasant to interact with and are there to support in case of any need or emergency. International students have also found the local communities, even in smaller towns, liberal and safe.
The international community finds that Germans are generally disciplined. Civic sense and punctuality are apparent in day-to-day social conduct. In particular, the discipline exhibited by commuters and punctuality associated with the transport system is remarkable.
The buses, trains and other transport vehicles reach their destinations on time and thus can help travellers plan their days & schedules much in advance, without any long delays. One of the major cities, Munich, is famous for its great bike (bicycle) system. Many Indian students ride a bike or a bicycle to cover short distances. International students can enjoy student discounts on their transport tickets.
Germany is one of the oldest places on earth and carries a rich blend of history and contemporary culture. One Indian student, who studied in Hamburg, happily reminisces about the good time he had in Germany. He shared that each city, in terms of its infrastructure and architectural masterpieces, is an interesting combination of the old and the new and is picturesque.
There are many places in Germany which are symbols of their cultural heritage. International student communities who like to explore outdoor activities can visit museums, concert halls, music and food festivals, world-famous sporting events etc.
Needless to say, anyone visiting any place on earth as a foreigner should consider a few basic safety guidelines. Based on Indian students’ feedback regarding their experience/stay in Germany, we have compiled a few tips for students aspiring to move to Germany for higher studies.
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